Millenium - Tales of Imaginary Movies

Posted: 250922

Review Erik Neuteboom

During the years Poland has turned into a very prolific prog country, from Collage, Quidam and Satellite to Moonshine, Believe, Osada Vida, and of course the outstanding and very popular Riverside. Another interesting band is Millenium, a five piece formation that has released 18 studio-albums, 1 live album, 2 live DVD’s and 7 compilations between 1999 and 2022, an incredible amount! The previous studio-album is The Sin from 2020, on TVRDO I wrote about it: “Well, on The Sin Millenium delivers wonderful 24-carat Neo-Prog: melodic, accessible and song-oriented, topped by strong emotional English vocals, very moving guitarwork (in the vein of David Gilmour and Steve Rothery) and often spacey synthesizer flights, with hints from Seventies Pink Floyd.  And now, anno 2022, here’s the latest effort entitled Tales Of Imaginary Movies (total running time around 50 minute). Singer Lukasz Gall has been replaced by new member David Lewandowski, from the Kramarski Project.

On this new album Millennium delivers 7 tastefully arranged, very melodic and harmonic compositions, often in the realm of Neo-Prog but also more AOR oriented, from mellow to bombastic, with the focus on strong English vocals with lots of emotion and compelling guitarwork, often Gilmourian.

The more dynamic and varied tracks are Invisible Superhero (huge tension, between mellow, slow rhythms and bombastic eruptions, embellished with inspired vocals and intense guitar), the wonderful ballad Brightness Hidden In The Dark ( from dreamy piano and vocals – in the vein of Roger Waters on The Wall – to halfway more lush and powerful sound with inspired vocals, and in the end moving guitar soli) and Memories In Tears (featuring emotional vocals, Mellotron-flute like keyboard sound, howling guitar leads, and finally heavy and biting guitar solo).

The song Second Earth contains a dreamy climate, tender vocals and piano, wonderful strings, the sound is intense with a melancholical undertone, a bit dark but beautiful.

The most accessible compositions are A World Full of Spies (rock guitar, tight beat and a harder-edged sensitive guitar solo), A Comedy Of Love (in the end a fiery wah-wah drenched guitar solo with sumptuous keyboards) and The Sounds Of War (catchy beat, rock guitar, vocal harmonies, halfway and in the end moving guitar soli).

And finally the two-part titletrack, part 1 (The Opening Credits) with majestic keyboard layers and howling guitar runs, pretty compelling, and part 2 (The End Credits)  atmospheric oriented with again howling guitar.

If you are up to accessible and modern sounding prog with the focus on strong vocals and moving guitar work, I am sure this album will delight you!

 

Millenium – The Sin

During the years Poland has turned into a very prolific prog country, from Collage, Quidam and Satellite to Moonshine, Believe, Osada Vida, and of course the outstanding and very popular Riverside. Another interesting band is Millenium, a five piece formation that has released 16 studio-albums, 1 live album, 2 live DVD’s and 7 compilations between 1999 and 2020, an incredible amount! According to the band “The Sin contains seven tracks that describe government politicians, proud celebrities, greedy crooks, jealous lovers, lazy people, a full scope of addictions, and hatred for others!”.

Well, on The Sin Millenium delivers wonderful 24-carat Neo-Prog: melodic, accessible and song-oriented, topped by strong emotional English vocals, very moving guitarwork (in the vein of David Gilmour and Steve Rothery) and often spacey synthesizer flights, with hints from Seventies Pink Floyd. The one moment the climate is mellow featuring tender piano runs and dreamy vocals. The other moment the mood shift to slow and compelling. Or turns into sumptuous eruptions, embellished with sensitive work on guitar and synthesizers, early Marillion often comes to my mind, I love it!

In some tracks Millenium sounds more straightforward, like Gluttony and Greed featuring tight beats and harder-edged guitarplay.

The track Sloth is a wonderful ballad with howling guitar, emotionals vocals and warm piano play. And the final composition is a compelling epic that contains a slow rhythm with dreamy vocals, spacey synthesizers and again those howling guitar runs, very intense, this is trademark Millenium, emotion rules!

Highly recommended to lovers of Neo-Prog, and fans of early Marillion and Pink Floyd who are up to modern sounding prog.

© 2020 Erik Neuteboom